UPDATE as of 4th JULY 2020

Team sports

People who play team sports can now meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but they must be in wholly separate groups of no more than 6 and follow social distancing guidelines. While groups could practice ball skills like passing and kicking, equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore playing of any games (small sided or full) is also not permitted at this time. Avoid meeting in groups of 6 in busy or overcrowded areas, if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.

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as of 1st June, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:

• playing football individually e.g. practice of individual skills or fitness activities;
• playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
• football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times.

Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore, playing of any games (small-sided or full) is also not permitted at this time. Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas, if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.

• Football coaches can now undertake small group sessions up to six people (including the coach) but are reminded to follow The FA safeguarding policy when coaching/working with children.

During this time of lockdown the office will remain CLOSED as the Hurn Bridge Site has to be locked under instuction of the local council. If you have to visit us for any reason please ring 07594030923 and make an appointment  with Mandy.
To reflect that this League Season did not effectively occur the Finance Committee have agreed that they will support all existing teams as follows:-
No charge for BHFL Annual Subscription 2020-2021 
No Charge for League Entrance for 2020-2021 
No charge for Affiliation to the BDFA for 2020-2021 
This is a significant sum and we hope that this will help many of the clubs who are struggling financially due to this predicament. Details will be sent out in an email to all Club Secretaries.
We look forward to recieving your Form B and deposits and look forward to a Great 2020/21 season.In the meantime Stay Safe.
PLEASE NOTE: With effect from Friday 10th April 2020, Pete Carr has been placed on furlough leave,he will not be available to help you until further notice.
Please address all enquiries to the League Secretary Mandy Forbes on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will get back to you as soon as possible.


National League System

The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible. The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.



Following on from The FA's announcement today, Hampshire FA are fully supporting the FA’s announcement that ALL grassroots football should be postponed for the foreseeable future. Please note that this includes ALL training and playing friendly matches.  This includes the Bournemouth Hayward Football League games and the M. A. Hart Cup Finals.    

Having consulted with the County FA it is the decision of the Bournemouth Hayward Football League  that it is Football as usual for the time being. If any Club has any concerns over playing their fixtures, will the Club Secretary please phone the office immediatley. 01202 490000. Please do take all precautions suggested below: 13/03/2020

 As you are aware, the situation with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being constantly reviewed and all grassroots clubs are advised to refer to updated information provided by the UK government via https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Hampshire FA are closely monitoring the current situation and will continue to follow the advice and guidance from The FA, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation. We suggest that clubs share the following information with members. 

At the current time grassroots football matches, like other forms of public gatherings, have not been banned.  However, all clubs are advised to take basic precautions to protect players, officials and spectators and to delay the development of the disease.  These general precautions include:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if handwashing facilities are not available.  This is particularly important after taking public transport.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough and sneeze.  Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands.
  • If any players, officials or spectators show any symptoms (however mild) of COVID-19 – these include a high temperature or a new, continuous cough – they should self-isolate by staying at home for 7 days.  No adult or child should be attending football matches or training sessions if they suspect that they have relevant symptoms.  If a child is not attending school due to symptoms, they should not be attending football sessions.
  • Avoid shaking hands – discuss and agree alternatives with opposition coaches, match and league officials.

High Risk Groups – In older adults, those with weakened immune systems and those with cancer, diabetes and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the risk of having severe symptoms is much higher. It would, therefore, be sensible for anyone in an at-risk group to avoid crowds.

All clubs are advised to liaise with their league/competition as a first point of contact with regards to fixtures.  Any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league at the present time.